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CREATE11

Now in its fourth year, the 2011 CREATE11 Festival celebrates East London’s standing as the largest and most dynamic cultural area in Europe through over 200 events and exhibitions featuring art, design, film, music and theatre. This year, food is taking centre stage with new initiative, Restaurants in Residence. Set in Create House, donated by Canary Wharf Group plc, the festival will feature some of London’s best pop-up restaurants and interactive art installations showcasing four of the very best from London’s underground dining scene: The Clove Club, A Bit More Of What You Fancy, Shacklewell Nights and Bistrotheque. Kicking off […]

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Basil’s

Picture the scene: a beach bar on the exotic Mustique, an exclusive island with a tiny airport accessed via two flights. The island’s social epicentre, Basil’s Bar is arguably the most famous bar in the world – perched on stilts over the Caribbean shallows and presided over with legendary charm by the eponymous Basil Charles. Goring Hotel head honcho, Jeremy Goring has invited Basil’s legendary founder to London to experience a British summer and built him a beach bar in the garden to make sure he feels at home. The bar comes complete with oodles of golden sand, three fishing […]

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Street Kitchen

We’re already familiar with taco trucks and chocolate bars but the coolest van in town has to be Street Kitchen’s vintage silver Airstream, from Jun Tanaka of Pearl Restaurant & Bar and Mark Jankel of The Food Initiative. The boys launched at last year’s London Restaurant Festival and now Street Kitchen is out of its garage and hitting the streets once more, popping up at various locations this summer from today serving bistro-style lunches between 11.30am and 2.30pm –  Monday to Friday for the first two weeks and then Tuesday through Thursday til end September. Street Kitchen sources all its […]

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Game on at Quaglino’s

Original super restaurant Quaglino’s or Quag’s to its many friends is equally famous for its iconic sweeping staircase – all the better for making an entrance darling – as it is for its A-list clientele. In fact it is just as much of a permanent fixture on and highlight of the capital’s restaurant scene as – say – is Wimbledon a stalwart of the Great British summer season. Oh yes. Right now it’s all about the tennis. But let’s face it, unless you’re watching/playing on Centre Court with that retractable roof that’s FINALLY coming into its own (we didn’t think […]

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Marmite at Blacks

Love or hate Marmite, you’re sure to love Kerstin Rodgers aka food blogger Miss Marmite Lover, underground restaurant pioneer and author of Supper Club. This Sunday 26 June, she’ll be serving up her ´Compleat Menu’ at Blacks Club – the latest in a group of illustrious foodies including Rose Prince, Tom Parker Bowles and Bill Knott, who have spent the last few months helping Blacks’ Giuseppe Mascoli rebrand the traditional Sunday lunch.     Following on from her underground supper club located in her Kilburn living room – Kerstin is bringing her culinary skills to the kitchens of one of […]

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Roganic

Simon Rogan who moved to the picturesque village of Cartmel in Cumbria back in 2002 to set up the now renowned Michelin starred restaurant with rooms, L’Enclume, is back in the smoke to launch brand new and semi eponymously named venture, Roganic near Marylebone High Street. Rogan has an intense passion for organic, local and foraged food and L’Enclume was just the start. In 2008, he went on to open informal Brit brasserie Rogan & Co, also in Cartmel and he runs, in addition, the 15-acre Howbarrow Farm in the Cartmel Valley, where he grows his own vegetables, fruit, herbs […]

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Watatsumi – A New Kind of Sushi….

London’s sushi restaurants better be prepared to compete with what promises to be an incredible dining experience as Watatsumi will be bringing some of the most unique concoctions of Japanese flavour. Be it for lunch, dinner or just a drink, I doubt this restaurant will disappoint as it brings with it the husband and wife team of Peter and Hili Makohus and their experience garnered form Nobu Park Lane.   If you’re just going for lunch, The Raw Bar will be ideal for you as it provides an affordable selection of bento boxes, which can be filled with the usual […]

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Service with Style

  Whether Murray’s your man or you’re following Federer, afternoon tea is something everyone can agree on. And to celebrate two classic Brit institutions: tea and tennis, The Dorchester is game on this summer with its annual Wimbledon Afternoon Tea, served with stylish panache in The Promenade. Executive Pastry Chef, Claude Lemarche, has created two tennis-inspired pastries – the citrus court and the coconut smash accompanied by traditional strawberries and cream, finger sandwiches and homemade scones, plus, of course, that sporting staple glass of champagne. The Wimbledon afternoon tea is just the latest in The Dorchester’s repertoire of culinary delights […]

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VOC

The capital already boasts watering holes encompassing every decade from 1920’s elegance to 60’s kitch and everything in between. But just launched in Kings Cross is VOC, London’s first 17th century inspired bar from Fluid Movement mixologists’ collective aka Thomas Aske, Matt Whiley, Bryan Pietersen and Tristan Stephenson, the team behind Marylebone’s Purl and the Whistling Shop in Shoreditch. VOC specialises in barrel-aged drinks so you can expect bespoke cocktails aged in wax sealed bottles and oak casks and a pioneering cocktail menu offers punches and shrubs made on the premises. And to ensure guests get the full-on 17th century […]

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Caravaggio in The City celebrates.

An AA Rosette has been awarded to Italian restaurant Caravaggio on Leadenhall Street. Thinking of itself  as a “serious” Italian restaurant, they should be taken seriously as the award has only been given to the top 10% of restaurants in the UK. Opened in 1996 by the late Luciano Pavarotti, it has become a big  favourite within the square mile. Having once been a city bank, it still retains it’s high ceilings and Art Deco light fittings. And the long marble topped bar make it a pleasant environment to wait or even eat at while in it’s busy lunch time […]

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